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We present the results of the application of a recently proposed model to determine landslide hazard. The model predicts where landslides will occur, how frequently they will occur, and how large they will be in a given area. For the Collazzone area, in the central Italian Apennines, we prepared a multi-temporal inventory map through the interpretation of(More)
The present work aimed to determine whether GnRH potentiates the effect of growth hormone (GH) on insulin-like growth factors (IGF-I and IGF-II) hepatic gene expression in Sparus aurata liver. Since several hepatic genes were shown to underlie direct regulation via the hepatic estrogen receptor, another aim was to extend our understanding of direct estrogen(More)
New born guppies, Poecilia reticulata, were exposed to a sublethal concentration of nonylphenol (NP) for 90 days, with the aim of evaluating the influence that this pollutant has on reproductive functions. At the end of treatment, the gender balance was significantly biased towards females (sex ratio = 0.3 males per female). Treated males displayed(More)
Numerous studies have described the presence of an intragonadal IGF system involved in regulation of gametogenesis in teleost fish. In the present study, the in vivo effects of estradiol-17beta (E2) and growth hormone (GH) exposure on IGF-I, IGF-II, IGF1R, and IGFBP2 gene expression in sea bream ovary were monitored by RT-PCR during prereproductive and(More)
In pelagic egg spawners, the production of large numbers of sinking eggs, unable to develop into embryos, represents one of the major limiting factors in controlled reproduction. The aim of this study is to elucidate the molecular differences between floating and nonfloating eggs at cytoplasmic and nuclear level. Comparison of analyses between floating and(More)
A partial cDNA encoding for the C-terminus of vitellogenin (VTG) was cloned from liver of Sparus aurata male treated with 17beta-estradiol (E(2)). E(2) treatment of S. aurata males resulted in increased synthesis and secretion of VTG protein into the plasma, determined by a specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in a time-dependent manner. While(More)
The vasa gene is an important maternal regulator of primordial germ cell (PGC) development in both vertebrate and invertebrate models. It is also expressed in the mature gonads, but its role in these tissues is still unclear. In oviparous species, oogenesis is a complex process under hormonal control: estrogens, gonadotropins, and other hormones operate at(More)
In the present study the response of white sea-bream (Diplodus sargus), used as experimental model, to different stocking densities was tested to assess whether the induced stress conditions were able to activate a chemical communication. Once a good recovery was evident, six days after capture and transportation, experiments started to evaluate eventual(More)
This article reviews the current state of understanding of reproductive pheromones in amphibians, focusing mainly on the purification and characterization of peptide pheromones in newts of the genus Cynops, molecular cloning of cDNAs encoding the pheromone molecules, and hormonal control of secretion of these pheromones. Pheromones that attract sexually(More)
Identification and mapping of landslide deposits are an intrinsically difficult and subjective operation that requires a great effort to minimise the inherent uncertainty. For the Staffora Basin, which extends for almost 300 km 2 in the northern Apennines, three landslide inventory maps were independently produced by three groups of geomorphologists. In(More)